XD .45 service and a Star PD.
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I went 45acp because I like the round and live in California where we have a mag limit of 10 rounds, I thought I might as well make them as big as possible. Also, we all have our favorite carry ammo, but usually have ball range ammo. I figure, if I had to use Ball to protect the home-stead, my range ammo is better suited to do that in 45acp.
I have had most of the guns you are considering; XD45c, Glock 38, 36 (shot plenty of Glock 30's), 1911 commander, SIG's, you name it.
I don't like a grip I can't get my whole hand on without a mag in place = bye bye Glock 36. The mag release and take down lever on the XD were right were my forward thumbs landed = bye bye XD. 1911's were heavy for the capacity and had random issues = bye bye 1911.
My two carry guns right now are both Kahrs, P45 and PM9. They are slim and light for comfortable carry, and I carry them more consistently because of it. I prefer single stack mags as they are thinner and easier to carry (so I do).
I would have considered an M&P45c and the HK45c but they are not on the approved list.
I say try as many as you can, buy the one that fits you, and you shoot well.
Hard to argue with a lightweight 1911, like a commander size with alloy frame. But give the M&P .45 a look. I recently got a chance to play around with one. Full size grip, but slim, with a 4 inch barrel. Excellent balance. Sort of like a commander 1911, but more capacity.
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I have a Beretta Px4 storm in 45 apc and love it, it is a single stack alright but if you hit what you shoot at with a 45 it will stop. I carried a 45 in the 60's for uncle sam and things stop real quick and with big holes.
My everyday carry is a Para Warthog. Lots of firepower in a small package, 10 + 1 and a spare 13 round mag. XS Big Dot night sights and Hogue grips.
One Kimber SS Ultra Raptor II and a Springfield Armory 1911 A-1. Carry 2 extra mags with each filled with Speer Gold Dot 230gr JHP.
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Well, I have 1911s, SIG P-220s and a Glock 36. The only thing I can agree on is .45ACP! I keep going from one to another and like the 1911 the best but dang, I do carry the Glock a lot!
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I am looking at the Kahr P45 or PM45 for my next gun, I will carry it and shoot it 200 rounds per month or so. The M&P45c is a nice gun I suppose it will be in the running also.
reliable+accurate+powerful+sexy=1911.I went from a G21 to a SA 1911,and there isnt comparing how much better 1911s feel.